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Graphite

Graphite replaced lead in the mid 1790s, when it was discovered by Nicolas Jaques Conté to produce the same range of greys and blacks as its dangerous predecessor. A crystalline form of carbon, commonly used in glass working tools because it does not burn or stick to glass. Grayish-black, flaky and greasy allotrope of carbon. Favored for use in pencils.

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